It’s officially cold and flu season—a time of year parents know all too well. Had cause to be in hospital this week, and saw an alarming number of children, sometimes all from one family! Thankfully, before the first runny nose or sore throat, there are ways you can prepare. Here are a few natural (and simple) tips to strengthen your child’s immune system—and your own—while balancing stress and modulating inflammation.
1. Get a good night’s sleep.
Ensuring that you and your little ones get enough rest will help your immune systems stay in tiptop shape. Sleep is the time we repair immune function, balance inflammation, and restore general circadian rhythm, and, for growing bodies, it’s especially important. For adults, passionflower supports sleep and is available in teas, liquid extracts, or capsules.
2. Calm jittery energy.
It is a good time to think about taking vitamin C. The adrenals, which keep our stress in check, require a great deal of it. When they work overtime, they use up our supply. Vitamin C boosts the immune system,it however does not prevent colds , so load up on food-based sources and supplements to help enhance our use of the vitamin C. Beyond orange juice, other good sources include bell peppers, broccoli, and strawberries.
3. Eat what’s in season.
A healthy diet is the foundation of wellness and overall health. : warm meals, hearty root vegetables, and pungent herbs like rosemary, ,sage, and thyme. These herbs provide respiratory support and immunoprotective qualities. They’re really pleasant, even to finicky eaters(children). Warming, fragrant soups and stews are a good way to nurture the whole family during cold and flu season. Try chicken soup with herbs, plus ginger for antioxidant and digestive support. Or try warm coconut milk with honey,turmeric (a powerful immune modulator), and other supportive herbs. (Avoid dairy milk, which can aid congestion and increase phlegm.(mucus) We also need good, healthy fats—think: coconut, nuts, and seeds—to help the cells hold water and insulate the body.
4. Have regular tea parties.
If your kids are like mine, they do not like tea, maybe because of the hot weather in this part of the world, . They are however very interested in the idea of having a tea party with their favorite muffins and stuffed toys… the experience is wow!
Introduce children to the ritual of kid-friendly herbal tea. Holy basil and lemon balm make kid-friendly teas, especially with honey for sweetness and ginger for antioxidant support and it also helps support the respiratory system.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
The air is usually dry at this time of year , so it becomes even more imperative to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated keeps our protective linings in the nasal and respiratory passages moist and healthy.
you can make drinking water fun by providing kids with their own special water bottle , what i have done is to reward anyone who drink up to 8 glasses of water a day with money for their piggy bank so everyone is working hard to see that their piggy bank is most loaded and can not wait to open on it December 31st! you may also add Herbal infusions in the water like like , slices of orange, or another fruit.
Oh I almost forgot and its very important!,, moisturize skin intensely,ward off dry skin and nosebleeds with a humidifier, adding essential oils—lemon balm, rosemary, or lavender—depending on your preference and availability
With these simple tips, your family can by the grace of God, enjoy the change of season with healthy, happy immune systems.